Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Ever read the fine print?

If you've gone up to Baguio on Victory Liner buses, for an additional 5 php, you will get insurance. One time i read the fine print, and i was laughing at this clause:


a) any loss or expense caused by or resulting from:
(2) war, invasion, act of foreign enemy, hostilities or warlike operations (whether war to be declared or not), mutiny, riot, civil commitions, conspiracy, military or ursurped power, martial law or state of siege, seizure, quarantine; or customs regulation, or nationalization by or under the order of any government or public or local authority, or any weapon or instrument involving atomic fission or radioactive force whether in time of peace or war .

Woah. Guess they thought of everything, did they? XD

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Some funny signs

Some funny signs people have told me about.

1. Outside a church somewhere in manila, at the bottom of the traditional giant ten commandments stone tablet, there's a handwritten 11th commandment.

11. Bawal umihi dito

2. I got greeted by this wonderful sign upon arrival at an airport.

Welcome to Iloilo City!

No spitting on the floor

3. And finally, a picture that says a thousand words:


Slight earthquake

While watching King Kong at SM Baguio. Thought it was part of the effects but got a bit alarmed when the seat in front of me was visibly moving. But it lasted only a few seconds, so it was ok, but i kept eyeing the fire exit just in case.

Of course everyone knows that Baguio was hit by that terrible earthquake early 1990s. And being here and asking around makes the images i saw as a kid on TV real. There's horror stories like how Magsaysay avenue had the terrible smell of the dead for up to 6 months after the quake, and how a co-teacher of mine was saved by the daylight savings time; if they hadn't been dismissed an hour early, she wouldn't be talking to me right now.

So every earthquake anniversary, there's like a citywide fire drill (or at least, there was one on a weekday two years ago, last year it was a weekend and i was out of town so i don't know). After 1pm every establishment runs a fire drill, there's first aid demonstrationsm, and then there are ambulances going around town picking up the "injured". Its pretty cool actually.

It pays to be ready. ^_^